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So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House? 1080 717 White Sands Design/Build

So Many Variables In Custom Design! Do You Want A Traditional or Open Floor Plan—Which Is Best For Your Beach House?

The open floor plan has become extremely popular, but don’t underestimate the advantages to distinct rooms, with real walls. My husband and I just purchased…

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Great Design Makes Great Use of Natural Light 1080 720 White Sands Design/Build

Great Design Makes Great Use of Natural Light

Natural light plays a powerful role in good design. Ignoring natural light is a tragic—and rookie—mistake for Southern California beach homes. We live in Southern…

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Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family 1600 2000 White Sands Design/Build

Design a Workspace that Actually Works Today: Smart Home Office Ideas To Benefit The Whole Family

Many of us want to work from home these days, even as offices reopen. The way that we work has changed, and this change has…

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Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces 1080 719 White Sands Design/Build

Spending More Time At Home? We All Need Better-Designed Residential Spaces

We’re at home a lot these days, and we’re asking a lot of our spaces. We need our domestic environments to be safe, comforting, and…

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What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget? 1080 682 White Sands Design/Build

What’s Most Important When Building Your California Beach House—Design, Time or Budget?

All of our clients want their California beach house to be built fast and on-budget, with the finest finishes and furnishings. But custom building is…

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Want to Live in a Boho Paradise? Custom Build in Hermosa Beach 599 387 White Sands Design/Build

Want to Live in a Boho Paradise? Custom Build in Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach is like Manhattan Beach’s spunky younger sister—just as stunning, but a little more boho, more into nightlife, a tad more funky. Although in…

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Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide 900 653 White Sands Design/Build

Deciding on an Architectural Style For Your Custom Beach House? Discover Today’s Best Beach House Styles With This Helpful Guide

You want to build your California beach house in the South Bay. You know what zoning regulations your Manhattan Beach lot falls under. You know…

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Choose The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home 1200 1799 White Sands Design/Build

Choose The Right Doors & Windows For Your New Home

You make a lot of decisions when you custom build. You may find yourself thinking about things you’ve never considered before, like doors and windows. Do…

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How to Design a Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home 1330 1999 White Sands Design/Build

How to Design a Kid And Pet Friendly Luxury Home

Your beach house can be kid and pet friendly without being boring or cluttered. Our clients sometimes assume that all the character and refinements have…

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Top Five Reasons You Want Your Design-Build Team To Help You Hire An Architect Right Now 1333 1999 White Sands Design/Build

Top Five Reasons You Want Your Design-Build Team To Help You Hire An Architect Right Now

Need a Los Angeles Architect to design your custom beach house? We can help! Excited to custom-build your dream house? Do you have some idea…

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Get In The Zone Right Now! Building Your Vertical Dream Home And Tackling Zoning Issues in Manhattan Beach 1800 998 White Sands Design/Build

Get In The Zone Right Now! Building Your Vertical Dream Home And Tackling Zoning Issues in Manhattan Beach

Like all densely-populated southern California areas, the South Bay has strict zoning laws. California zoning can be very confusing. And the laws in Manhattan Beach…

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Why Manhattan Beach Is The Best Place In SoCal To Build Your Multi-Million Dollar Home 1800 1401 White Sands Design/Build

Why Manhattan Beach Is The Best Place In SoCal To Build Your Multi-Million Dollar Home

The White Sands Design/Build team are among the roughly 35,500 people who live in Manhattan Beach, only 20 miles from Los Angeles. In our opinion,…

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